top-blog

Check Availability:

Archives

Dan’s Taste of Two Forks – We Thank You !

Guests of Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast are drawn to the North Fork of Long Island, and this particular small section of it in particular, as much for the outstanding restaurants as the many excellent wineries and farm fresh produce. In featuring many of them in the annual event  Dan’s Taste of Two Fork’s has become a landmark  happening for the community and a showcase for the culinary genius of top chefs from NYC to the very eastern tip of Long Island. This year the event was hosted by Bobby Flay and located in Sayre Park in Bridgehampton. We want to show our support by mentioning in our blog our hometown Chefs from the villages of Southold and the nearby Greenport, where my friends and fellow BnB owners can be found on many an evening enjoying the wonderful fair they offer in their outstanding restaurants.

NOAH’S (Greenport, NY):  One of my favorites, and famous for their small plates and raw bar, Chef Noah Schwartz created crabbed stuffed devil eggs for Taste of Two Forks.

1069812_535186699862631_124243312_n

Chef Keith Luce. Photo Courtesy of Dan’s Taste of Two Forks

MAIN at The Square (Greenport, N.Y): Chef Keith Luce served NoFo’ Duckling Summer Rolls!

NORTH FORK TABLE & INN (Southold, NY): Top rated by Zagat and one of the jewel’s of Southold, The North Fork Table and Inn’s chef, Gerry Hayden prepared Rock Shrimp Ceviche!

1069893_534878269893474_492484067_n

North Fork Table & Inn. Photo courtesy of Dan’s Taste of Two Forks

FIRST AND SOUTH (Greenport, NY): Chef Taylor Knapp created Chocolate Covered Pork Rinds!

1044168_483060865111629_69495683_n

First and South Chocolate Pork Rinds. Photo Courtesy of First and South

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLD MILL INN (Mattituck, NY): Old Mill Inn offered Mini-Mango/Jalapeno Cornbread Crabcakes w/Lemon Caper Sauce!

THE FRISKY OYSTER (Greenport,NY): Another favorite of mine (every guest I send there is thrilled) Chef Robby Beaver served Oyster’s Friskafella! Of Course!

998346_673406529351745_611003265_n

Bobby Flay and Chef Robby Beaver. Photo Courtesy of Frisky Oyster

 

Aside from the restaurants and extremely talented Chefs who participated, many of our local vineyards were also present serving wine! They Included: Castello di BorgheseJamesport VineyardsLenz WineryLIEB CellarsMacari VineyardsMartha Clara VineyardsMattebella VineyardsOne Woman WineryPalmer Vineyards, Pindar,   RaphaelScarola VineyardsSherwood House VineyardsSparkling Pointe Vineyards & WinerySuhru WinesWaters Crest Winery

 

4th of July on the North Fork of Long Island

The 4th of July weekend calls for a perfect getaway to the North Fork.

Rent one of our studios or houses for the entire week and lounge at our two private beaches. Our lighthouse cottage is still available for that weekend! Check out the calendar for other availabilities, they’re filling up fast so hurry! After spending some time on the beach you should head over to the wineries. Many of the vineyards will have live music on 4th of  July and every Sat. & Sun. Click here to check our availability and book!

Martha Clara vineyard will have live music on July Fourth. Two Man Acoustical Jam, winners Of The 2012 Battle of The Bands at Hecksher Park. This acoustic duo plays all forms of Rock, Pop, Party and Blues from the 60’s to now. Rain or Shine! Free Admission. Additional cost for wine and food.

They also have a Vines and Canines educational walk. Bring your dog down for an educational walk through the vineyard! A donation of a non-perishable dog or cat food item is required and will be donated to local shelter.

imagesFireworks! Fireworks! Fireworks!

Greenport Fire department will be setting off fireworks on July 3rd and July 6th at 10pm in honor of the Fourth of July!

There will be a July Fourth Concert and Fireworks from 6:30-10:00pm on the Peconic River waterfront in Riverhead. There will also be live music by Brady Rymer. A great event to take the family to while your enjoying your stay!

 

Things to do in Southold, Long Island N.Y.

We may not get the same amount of press as our neighboring town Greenport but we have a lot of unique attractions to offer as well. Not many towns can say they have an Indian Museum, Planetarium, Lighthouse and Vineyards in the span of 11 square miles. Come and explore our small and beautiful getaway.

Custer Institute Observatory:

1115 Main Bayview Rd  Southold, NY 11971 (631) 765-2626

29934_117925298246670_116352861737247_98737_4374871_n

Long Island’s North Fork offers a dark night sky with next to no light pollution also known as perfect star gazing qualities. Whether your’e a local looking to get a glimpse of saturn’s rings or star deprived city dweller this is a great experience. “The Custer Institute and Observatory is Long Island’s oldest public observatory (est.1927). Open to the public every Saturday evening from dark until midnight, our staff of volunteers will give you a tour of the facilities and the night sky through our powerful telescopes. Custer has frequent lectures, classes,concerts, art exhibits and other special events. Consider our observatory for your next meeting or theme party.” http://www.custerobservatory.org
Southold Indian Museum:
1080 Main Bayview Rd  Southold, NY 11971 (631) 765-5577
382430_411974682172313_470027477_n
This museum focuses on the archaeology and natural history of the area and indian tribes that once called Southold home. They have a wide variety of relics, pottery, and other various historical items. “Our museum is dedicated to study and education surrounding archaeology and natural history. It is owned and operated by the Incorporated Long Island Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association.”  For details and events: http://southoldindianmuseum.org
Sunday Lectures: Programs are scheduled from 2:30 – 4:30 PM. Minimum requested donation is $5 for adults and children of 14 years and older; includes access to museum exhibits and refreshments…FREE for members.
The Old Field Vineyard:
59600 New York 25  Southold, NY 11971 (631) 765-0004
105_700
“Established in 1974 by Chris Baiz, is a family owned and operated vineyard. After years of producing fruit for sale, The Old Field started making wines, first with its 1997 Pinot Noir, and now Merlots, Cabernet Francs, Chardonnays, Blush de Noir, and newly released Blanc de Noir sparkling wines. THE OLD FIELD, an agricultural area just one mile east of the village of Southold, had been actively farmed by native Americans for at least five hundred years prior to the arrival of “the first European settlers” in 1640.
For details, events, and wine purchases: http://www.theoldfield.com
One Woman Vineyards: 
5195 Old North Road Southold, New York  (631)-765-1200 
home-slide-img3
This beautiful and quaint vineyard offers a wonderful star gazing wine tasting Saturday night event. It is something you won’t experience anywhere else, a definite “must” for travelers and townies alike. “For Claudia Purita, sustainability and self-reliance have always been a way of life. Growing up on her family’s farm in Calabria, Italy, Claudia assisted in growing vegetables and wine grapes and raising small animals from very young age. At her father, Domenico’s, side she learned to value the land and the fruits that it provides. After moving to Long Island and spending several years in the restaurant industry, Claudia decided it was time to “return to her roots.”
Horton Point Lighthouse: 
3575 Lighthouse Rd  Southold, NY 11971 (631) 765-5500

p425062758-3

Located On a cliff in Southold, off of Lighthouse Road (according to the plaque on the structure, the location is: Lat 41° 05′ 06.5″ N  Long 72° 26′ 44.0″ W).58 feet;  foundation is granite; tower and quarters are brick/granite with a cement wash painted white with black lantern and copper dome; original optic was a Third Order Fresnel; present optic is VRB-25 (1999), one green flash every ten seconds. The tower contains a 29-wooden-step staircase and two ladders of 11 steps each.” For a detailed history please visit their site: http://www.longislandlighthouses.com/hortonpt.htm
 

There are multiple parks and public beaches where you can enjoy the summer weather and pack a picnic with your friends and family. 

Memorial Day Weekend on the North Fork of Long Island

socialshorecrest1

It’s finally here! Memorial Day weekend is upon us! We’ve compiled a few of the events going on this weekend on the North Fork. Please also take a look at our calendar to get the full scope of everything that will be happening this weekend. Bring some smiles and good spirits with you this weekend. Enjoy!

SATURDAY MAY 25th 2013

Live Music @ the Vineyards:

Saninno Vineyard 1-5pm on the patio

Martha Clara Vineyard 2-6pm Live Music with Bobby Nathan Band
A five piece band covering a wide range of every genre of music including Blues, Soft Rock, Motown,
Southern Rock and Top 40 hits.
Free Admission

Live Music with Keith Maguire 1pm-4:30pm @ Raphael Vineyard –His influences range from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Elton John, The Beatles, U2, & Billy Joel. Visit his website,keithmaguire.com for more info

“Cabaret & Wine ” with Marguerite Volonts @ Castello di Borghese Vineyard

Memorial Day Parade, Greenport, NY : the parade will begin at 10AM and head down historic Main st. and continue on to front st. For more info, www.greenportvillage.com

Making Jams & Jellies at home, Hallock Farm Museum Riverhead, NY: Begins at 10:30 at the Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Avenue Riverhead, NY. For first timers and experienced jam makers, there is somethign to learn for everyone. $5 dollars for Hallockville members and $8 for non-members. Call 298-5292 or email hallockv@optonline.com

Gather in “The Square”, Main st. Greenport, NY: A culinary experience with chef Keith Luce. For details call, 631-477-685292 , Check out this amazing articke in the Examiner, “Chef Keith Luce launches The Square on East End’s North Fork”

Greenport Farmers Market: The weekly market kicks off its 2013 season on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., behind the United Methodist Church.

SUNDAY MAY 26th 2013

Live Music @ the Vineyards:

Saninno Vineyard 1-5pm on the patio

1-5pm Live Music with Suffolk Horns @ Martha Clara Vineyard
This seven piece band consists of five horns, a full rhythm section, and five separate vocalists. Their music includes a combination of R&B, Funk, Classic Rock, Blues and Soul.Free Admission

Live Music: Hoodoo Loungers @ Osprey’s Dominion 1pm-5pm

Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival, East End Arts Council, Riverhead NY: From noon to 5pm along Main st. Riverhead. An arts and crafts show and sale, street painting festival, local musicians and activities for children including drum circle, face painting and crafts. FREE. for details, eastendarts.org

MONDAY MAY 27th 2013

Vines & Canines Educational Vineyard Walk @ Martha Clara –10am Vines & Canines Educational Vineyard Walk Bring your dog down for an educational walk through the vineyard! A donation of a non-perishable dog or cat food item is required and will be donated to local shelters.

Chowder Festival on the New Suffolk waterfront: Begins at noon and continues until 3pm. New Suffolk ave and first St. This is a family friendly event and offers a variety of plants, chowders, BBQ, live music and activities for kids. All proceeds go to the restoration of the new suffolk waterfront. For more details, newsuffolkwaterfront.org

Celebrate Winterfest with Shorecrest Getaway Specials

February 9 marks the beginning of Jazz on the Vine, the theme for the sixth consecutive 2013 Long Island Winterfest. This year it will go on for 6 weekends, from February 9 to March 17. In most cases, admission prices includes a glass of wine and a chance to win a gift basket of Long Island wines, not to mention an afternoon of great jazz performances.

Long Island Wine country will be hopping this winter with swinging jazz music and special events and offers. Our vineyards and wineries provide the perfect venue and backdrop to the cool sounds provided by the over 140 groups that will be featured during Winterfest. Sipping wine and listing to this amazing live music will be the pinnacle of your romantic east end get away.

But best of all… Winterfest coincides with Shorecrest’s Winter Romance getaway package. It’s $475 for a two nights stay and runs through April 2013. It’s good for any room and the package includes:

• A 2 night stay at Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast plus:

• $20 towards dinner for two at one of our favorite restaurants, either the Frisky Oyster, First and South or Noah’s in Greenport

• 2 x $50 gift certificates towards a one hour aromatherapy massage for each guest (non refundable and use optional)

• Our exclusive discount card to 24 wineries including free tastings

• A private wine class or in room champagne picnic.

Here is an example of the MANY performances in just one weekend:

February 16, Saturday

3:00            Pellegrini Vineyards- Spherical Flamenco Jazz Trio with Emma Larson

3:00             Palmer Vineyards- Mike Engle Vibratrio

3:00             Macari Vineyards & Wintery – Monday Michiru

4:30             Waters Crest Winery-  Pearl Street Band

4:30            Raphael- Amina Figarova presented by Tanger Outlets

4:30             Duck Walk North-Morris Goldberg & Ojoyo

6:00            Martha Clara Vineyards- Matt Marshak Band

7:00            Live at the Indigo

February 17, Sunday

2:30             Pellegrini Vineyards- Jack Morelli Trio

2:30            Jamesport Vienyards- Adam Kromelow Trio

2:30            Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards- The Natalie Fernandez Quartet

4:00             Bedell Cellars- Richie Siegler Latin Jazz

4:00             Raphael- Bakithi Jumalo Band

4:00             Lieb Cellars- Joseph Carter III Group

 

Winterfest: Jazz on the Vine and Wine making on North Fork, Long Island

Vitalay Golovnev – awesome trumpeter

Long Island Winterfest and Jazz on the Vine continues to be a huge success as a forum for some great musical talent and enjoying North Fork wines. Weekends are busy for a Bed and Breakfast owner but I was able to take some time with two of my sons last Sunday afternoon to hop over to nearby Osprey Dominion winery and listen to the trumpet of of Vitaly Goloveny and a talented group of musicians on saxophone, bass and drums. It was a beautiful afternoon with just enough clouds to temper the strength of the sun that streamed through the large windows framing the tasting room. It is a large space and could have been an acoustic challenge but Vitaly tempered his playing of the trumpet skillfully to take the space into account and maintain a decibel level that was perfect for enjoyment of the sound. Winterfest continues through March 20th and a complete list of all musical performers and venues can be found on the Long Island Winterfest web site. You will find a quick  reference list for who is playing and where on last week’s Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast blog.

In the Vineyard: Wine making at the Sannino Vineyard

I have written in earlier postings about making my own barrel of wine with the Sannino’s Bella Vita vineyard. While the grapes we picked last fall continue their fermentation process in barrel, vat or bottle, this time of year starts a new growing season for the vines.

Netting that protected the grapes from hungry or just opportunistic wildlife has been removed and it is time to prune the vines.

Pruning is basically cutting off unwanted canes to allow the vines to produce a smaller and more intensely flavored crop the following year. This is done by cutting off approximately 90 percent of the past year’s cane growth, retaining only a few canes for fruit production in the upcoming season.

Vine before pruning with last years canes intact

Critical decisions are made during this process as to what parts of the vine are to be kept in order for the plant to be most productive. The photos illustrating the process here are of the same vine before pruning; leafless and then with most of the main canes removed except for four centrally located canes.

After pruning the main canes are laid along and tied to the first layer of wire

All canes have buds capable of producing the shoots, leaves and grapes for next seasons harvest. When pruning only four canes are kept to concentrate the growth of the plant and reduce the amount of fruit produced. The quality of the fruit produced this way is essential to the end product, a full rich wine. When pruning only the central canes are kept because they will allow the optimum amount of space between the main trunks, a consideration when planning for the most productivity in the vineyard. Only two of the four are needed but the additional two are left for insurance in case of damage during the next process.

As shown in the photographs, once pruned the vines are laid  on wires strung between posts and tied to them. One cane is directed to run left and the other right. There is some space left over between the trunks so a third cane is folded across the space.

Once canes have been put in place for the growing season they are called ‘Cordons’. The buds which will gradually swell, shoot and grow as the weather warms are spaced from 4 to 8 inches along each Cordon. Some buds will produce several shoots and  all but the largest and healthiest  will be removed to further concentrate the strength and vigor of the plant . The remaining shoots will then become next years canes and each canes will eventually bear one to three clusters of grapes close to the cordon as they continue  growing vertically.

Cane pruning as it is called is one of two most common methods on The North Fork. The other method is called Spur pruning. Spur pruning is the pruning style of choice for backyard vineyards and vines that are trained on fences and other simple trellises. The two methods can be used in the same field but only one would be selected as the average for the given variety or field.

More on pruning and progress in the vineyard and winery in our next ‘In the Vineyard’ blog post

Valentine and Winterfest celebrations on North Fork, Long Island

Heart shaped rocks collected by family and guests found walking the Shorecrest Long Island Sound Beach

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast is celebrating the weekend before Valentine’s day with great offers when you come to stay at the only BandB on the Long Island Sound. Choose from a free wine class or champagne picnic with a two night stay or discount on massage for one or two in our spa porch. We have packages which include dinner and a wine tour and always check our website for last minute cancellations when we offer a ‘Procrastinators special’. Visit our reservation calendar or call us at 631 765 1570 to plan your East End getaway.

Jazz on the Vine is the theme for this years Long Island Winterfest event which kicks off this weekend with the first of a three event series of one-hour talks presented by the East End Arts Council at locations in Greenport, Southampton and Riverhead.

The series launches at 1pm on Saturday February 12 at Brecknock Hall in Greenport with internationally renowned saxophonist David Liebman; author, scholar and pianist Dr. Lewis Porter and hosted by trombonist Ray Anderson. They will be discussing the recordings of John Coltrane in ‘Trane’s Travels: Giant Steps to Ascension’, and demonstrating musical examples by performing them in the elegant surroundings of Brecknock Hall.

Wineries throughout the North Fork will be hosting musical talent each weekend. Below is a calendar of the events taking place.  For maps of the locations visit the Area Attractions page of the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast web site and click on the Vineyards map page tab; to learn more about the musicians who will be performing visit the East End Arts Council musicians page for a complete list of performers and links to their own websites:

Saturday February 12th:

1.30pm – Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard – Nick Demopoulos Trio

3 pm – Bedell Cellars Jazz on the Half Shell

3pm – Laurel Lake Vineyards Carloz Jimenez

4.30pm – Sherwood House Vineyards  – Lobenstein Solerno

4.30pm – Raphael – David Liebman and Lewis Porter

Sunday February 13th

2pm – Castello di Borghese – David Amram Quartet

2pm – Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard – Dan Aran Trio

3.30pm – Osprey’s Dominion – Carl Burnett

3.30pm – Clovis Point – Julian Waterfall Pollack

Harvesting the North Fork – New York, Long Island’s Wine Country

Harvesting the grapes in the Sannino Vineyard

October is harvest time for grapes as well as apples and pumpkins here on the North Fork of Long Island. This year I decided to take part in the custom wine making program run by Lisa and Anthony Sannino at their Bella Vita vineyard in Cutchogue.  I want Shorecrest to have its own wine and a couple of other BnB owner friends, Mark and Liz Macnish of Andrew’s Legacy in Cutchogue and Leueen who owns Harbor Knoll in Greenport liked the idea too, so we purchased a barrel together. This is such a great idea! A barrel produces 23 cases, 12 bottles to a case, and is such a fun thing to do with friends or family.

Merlot grapes on the vine ready for picking.

The program is a hands on experience, from harvesting the grapes in the Sannino’s own vineyard and learning all about viticulture as we go, through all the processes involved in creating a bottle of wine:  picking, crushing and pressing the grapes,  through the fermentation process  and then blending and bottling.

Two weeks ago, at the end of September and right before a storm was due to come through I went out with some other ‘winemakers in training’ to pick Merlot grapes. The harvest is early this year on the East End of Long Island due to the long hot summer, starting with some 75 degree days in April and ninety degree days in June. Grapes do well in this weather and the sugar content is high. That is how Anthony knows when the grapes are ready to harvest; he measures the sugar content and crushes a few bunches to taste the juice. So delicious, and that is before it became wine! Also delicious was the al fresco lunch that Lisa, with the help of Anthony’s mom and dad, served on their farm house’s porch in the vineyard, but I get ahead of myself.

Underdeveloped grapes are found higher on the vine in more shade

The seed of an unripe grape is green, and reddish in a ripe grape.

The morning for our grape picking experience was perfect; not too hot or chilly, and started with coffee and breakfast on the wrap around deck. I’d already served breakfast to my guests but was glad of an extra ‘cuppa Joe’ before we went off into the vineyard with our pruners and collection baskets to pick the ripe bunches of grapes. I learned where to cut and which ones not to choose. The seed of a ripe grape is reddish and green if it is not yet ripe.

There are also several diseases that can afflict grapes especially fungi and these were to be avoided. The fungus that we saw a little of that day was BotrytisAs an avid gardener, I had yet to meet a fungal disease that I could like, but Botrytis I learned is not all bad.  The fungus gives rise to two different kinds of infections on grapes. The first, grey rot, is the result of consistently wet or humid conditions, and typically results in the loss of the affected bunches. The second, noble rot, occurs when drier conditions follow wetter, and can result in distinctive sweet dessert wines, such as Sauternes. This summer, with such consistently hot weather the few bunches that were infected were of the ‘noble’ kind but as we were picking merlot and not grapes for sweet wines, we had to discard those.

What not to pick - Botrytis blight at 3 o'clock!

We were also careful to avoid the under ripe grapes that were higher on the vine and shaded by more leaves. The grapes we wanted all grow at the lowest level of the vine and were hanging down in giant lush clumps.

We picked for several hours and when our bins were full and also the stomachs of us field hands (after eating as much fresh baked pizza, pulled pork, salad, chicken and pasta as we could, paired of course with equally delicious Bella Vita wine) we headed off to help with the ‘crush’. The baskets of grapes were loaded onto trucks for transportation to the winery where they were weighed, Anthony taking careful notes all along, and then processed through a machine that de-stems them before shooting the crushed up pulp and skins into giant bins ready to begin the first part of the fermentation process.

More on this in the next article, but if this interests you enough to think you would like to make your own wine and enjoy a wonderful North Fork experience in the process, contact me at the Shorecrest for a special discount on a barrel of wine when you are my guest . I will also be putting together special packages over the winter and spring that will include Friday night dinners with your weekend stay at the BnB, wine appreciation classes with food pairing, and guided tours with a customized itinerary based on what there is going on at the time, for my guests. Larger groups might consider renting one of my private water front houses that sleep from 6-8 people and also accept children and in some cases pets. To see more details please visit the Shorecrest Property Management website.

My website now includes a page with maps of all the wineries, restaurants and other amenities in the area. Check my ‘Area Attractions’ page before planning your trip to see all there is to do in this unique part of Long Island.

So keep checking into the blog for updates on how the wine making process is going as well as other events and happenings at the Shorecrest BnB on the North Fork of Long Island’s fabulous East End!


Two weeks ago, at the end of September and right before a storm was due to come through I went out with some other ‘winemakers in training’ to pick Merlot grapes. The harvest is early this year on the East End of Long Island due to the long hot summer, starting with some 75 degree days in April and ninety degree days in June. Grapes do well in this weather and the sugar content is high. That is how Anthony knows when the grapes are ready to harvest; he measures the sugar content and crushes a few bunches to taste the juice. So delicious, and that is before it became wine! Also delicious was the al fresco lunch that Lisa, with the help of Anthony’s mom and dad, served on their farm house’s porch in the vineyard, but I get ahead of myself.

August events at the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast and North Fork Long Island



This last week got away from me once again; I’d intended to post far more information about events going on but between my summer neighbors who come to visit and enjoying my guests company I’ve been too  busy having fun. Time just flies but I am taking a couple of hours to catch up now.

Guests gather with the Innkeeper for a 'photo momento' of a great visit

Talking of guests, a group of charming young men that just visited last weekend sent me this  photograph taken of us all standing on my front steps – don’t we look as though we are about to break into song? They were only here a short time but loved their stay and managed to see a lot, driving out to Orient State Park after breakfast  on Saturday before sampling  the wines of 6 different vineyards and then taking the ferry from Greenport to Shelter Island for an early evening tour and dinner at Planet Bliss where the food was pronounced ‘delicious’. You can reach Planet Bliss at 631-749-0053 for exact hours & reservations.  Thanks Perry, Shawn, Darryl  and Johnnie for taking the time to share and sending the photos. I’ve been meaning to start a ‘guest  photo gallery’ and this will be a great star!.

The weather has continued to be glorious; the whole of the last weekend and most of last week the temperature was in the 80’s f with a gentle breeze. This was perfect for the many outdoor events that were available to be enjoyed in the Vineyards, farms, parks and towns of the North Fork.

The East End Arts Council continues to sponsor wonderful musical and art events in conjunction with wineries and other local and regional businesses. On Saturday evening I attended a BNY Mellon Winepress event concert at Castello Di Borghese winery in Cutchogue to listen to Hugh Prestwood and Friends. Members of the East End Arts Council were invited to a pre concert reception where Noah of Noah’s restaurant in Greenport prepared delicious appetizers.  I especially loved the goat cheese and beetroot ‘squares’ drizzled with his mom’s home-made honey  and pine nuts – yum, try it when you next visit Noah’s.  Noah’s is one of my favorite restaurants in Greenport and one I always recommend to my guests. I love the ‘small plate’ menu and they offer 3 and 5 ounce glasses of wine so you can conveniently pair different  wines with the various dishes you might wish to sample.

Hugh Prestwood

During the pre concert reception Castello di Borghese served their Pinot Noir 2006 Estate and Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Reserve which were both outstanding. The Shorecrest  Bed and Breakfast offers an exclusive discount card to guests of the BnB and rental properties which includes up to a 15% discount on quantity purchases of Castello Di Borghese wines and also a $5 discount off their ‘Wine Makers Walk’ tour. The tour takes you through the vineyard to their wine production facilities where you will learn about their Pinot Noir and other wines and get to taste them at various stages of development. Back in the tasting room after the tour you will taste the finished products. I’ve taken the tour and enjoyed it immensely. It is scheduled for Thursday  and Sunday afternoons at 1pm during August at a cost of $20, or $15 with your Shorecrest discount. Advanced booking required by calling the vineyard at (631) 734-5111.

The 'Subdudes' play at the NoFo Rock and Folk Festival

Also on Saturday and Sunday the NoFo Rock and Folk Festival, again sponsored in part by the East End Arts Council   was held at Peconic Bay vineyards in Cutchogue. The quality of the musical acts was outstanding and again beautiful weather blessed the event. There was a small village of tents set up in the fields amongst the vines where the concert was hosted housing vendors with lots of interesting wares and delicious food and drink, but apart from the music, the highlight of the event for me was learning to use a Hula Hoop! I’ve been attempting to do this since the 1950’s and finally learned how with the experienced help of  Amy Gabrielson, a Hula Hoop expert. She was there with the weighted hoops that she makes herself, and explained that getting the right size is very important. Maybe I can get Amy to come by for pre- breakfast Hula Hooping exercise on the beach. Low impact and great for the abs. Perhaps this could become a Shorecrest specialty as the NoFo Rock Festival will during future North Fork summers! Be sure and make a note on your calendar for next year so you don’t miss this fun event.

Woody Mann will be playing at Wine Press concerts on the North Fork

Hear Toby Walker at Duck Walk Winery

Also keep an eye out for future Winepress events this year. The next one is on August 14 featuring Woody Mann & Toby Walker at Duck Walk North Vineyard

You can bring the picnic dinner, blanket or chair and they’ll provide Grammy and Award Winning artists, wonderful wines and a spectacular setting, at a very reasonable cost.

The concert is from 6-8pm, rain or shine under the festival tent. They are also offering a Recession price roll-back, with tickets at only $15 per person in advance, $20 at the gate. Children under 12 years are admitted free.

You can save $5 per ticket if you buy online in advance with a credit card at eastendartscouncil.ticketleap.com  or call the winery, Duck Walk North, Southold at (631)765-3500 x104 or Duck Walk South, Water Mill (631) 726-7555 x104.

Duck walk also conducts tours of their facility, but please call for availability or to make an appointment.

More upcoming Events in August at the wineries

Castello Di Borghese Vineyard

Route 48 (Sound Ave) and Alvah’s Lane; P.O. Box 957
Cutchogue New York 11935

Saturday, August 7, 2010, 6:30pm
Comedy Night with Paul Corrigan

Head over to Borghese vineyards for an  evening of comedy and wine with XM Radio funnyman Paul Corrigan.  This fun evening is $15 at the door (cash only please).

Sunday, August 8, 2010, 2-4pm

Glenn Jochum in Concert

Glenn Jochum is a concert mainstay on the East End of Long Island, New York,
and has been playing for the past decade at local vineyards, street fairs,
restaurants, and  cafes.    Glenn will be performing a special concert under
the tent at Borghese Vineyard.  The concert is free.

Martha Clara Vineyards

6025 Sound Ave Riverhead NY 631 298 0075 www.marthaclaravineyards.com

STUMP TRIVIA on Thursday nights at Martha Clara

Ongoing events:


Winemaker’s Carriage Tours
Horse Drawn Carriage tours and wine tasting with the winemakers.
A minimum of 5 people required; $30 per person / $20 for Wineclub members
Tour is by appointment only. Call 631 298 0075 or book through Shorecrest BnB concierge services for our guests and special discounted price.

Trivia Night with STUMP TRIVIA
Every Thursday evening Starting August 5th
at 7pm in the tasting room.
Thursday night Bingo was a hit, but it was the luck of the tiles! Test your brain as you taste the wine. A good time will be had by all!

August events at Martha Clara:
Fri August 6th
8pm Singles Mingle – Mardi Gras Dance Party
Mardi Gras themed Music & Dancing w/dj Phil
21 years old & over – $10 in advance +tax / $15 at the door +tax
Purchase tickets online by August 5th

Sat August 7th
11am Vines & Canines Vineyard Walk
Bring your dogs down to Martha Clara Vineyards and enjoy a walk through the vineyard
with winemaker Juan E. Micieli-Martinez

2-5pm Live Music – Keith Maguire (Classic Rock)

7pm Sunset Sails Wine Cruise
The HIT Sunset Sails Wine Cruise is back and ready to sail again!
A 1.5 hour sail on the beautiful scenic Mattituck Inlet & LI Sound with Captain Bob and the winemakers from Martha Clara Vineyards. Wine will be served along with light hors d’oeuvres.
Visit www.marthaclaravineyards.com for tickets and details

Sun August 8th
2-5pm Live Music – George Tebbitt

Ospreys Dominion

44075 Main Rd.,Peconic Long Island, NY 11958 • Toll Free: (888) 295-6188 • Local: (631) 765-6188

Ospreys Dominion  offers live music throughout the year. Below is their calendar for August:

August 6 – The East End Trio 6:00-9:00 PM

August 7 – The Lone Sharks 1:30-5:30 PM

August 8 – Below Average WB 1:30-5:30 PM

August 13 – Sara Kessler 6:00-9:00 PM

August 14 – Sahara 1:30-5:30 PM

August 15 – Nina et Cetra 1:30-5:30 PM

August 20 – George Tebbit 6:00-9:00 PM

August 21 – The Lone Sharks 1:30-5:30 PM

August 22 – Goombas 1:30-5:30 PM

August 27 – Woody Mack 6:00-9:00 PM

August 28 – The East End Trio 1:30-5:30 PM

August 29 – Lost Time 1:30-5:30 PM

For more details visit their website www.ospreysdominion.com/events

44075 Main Rd.,Peconic Long Island, NY 11958 • Toll Free: (888) 295-6188 • Local: (631) 765-6188

Corey Creek Vineyards, 45470 Route 25, Southold

Moonlight Mondays & Twilight Tuesdays
June – October 2010, Mondays & Tuesdays from 5-9pm and back by popular demand, Corey Creek Wine Bar will host late night Monday & Tuesday tastings. Come enjoy live music on Mondays & twilight tastings on Tuesdays from 5-9pm.

Live Music at Corey Creek and Bedell Cellars in August

Sunday, August 1st Joe Allegue Bedell Cellars

Saturday, August 7th Nina Et Cetera Corey Creek

Sunday, August 8th Old School  Bedell Cellars

Saturday, August 14th East End Trio Bedell Cellars

Sunday, August 15th Joe Allegue Corey Creek

Saturday, August 21st Dan Donnelly Corey Creek

Sunday, August 22nd Mike Taylor Bedell Cellars

Saturday, August 28th Dan Donnelly Corey Creek

Sunday, August 29th Joe Allegue Corey Creek

For an interactive map showing the location of all the vineyards on the North Fork with links to their websites visit the Area Attractions page on the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast website.

Shorecrest looks forward to welcoming you to the North Fork soon!

Next Posting – 10 top favorite things to do in Southold and exploring the North Fork!

EAT. DRINK. LOCAL.

Long Island Food and Wine Festival.

Chefs and vintners are banding together to get the word out about the area’s delicacies before the tourist season hits full swing.

The Long Island Wine & Food Festival will celebrate a world class wine region! A premier travel destination on the East End of Long Island, the North Fork delivers remarkable cuisine, boutique wineries, craft beer, and quaint accommodations. Festival guests have the opportunity to learn about local flavors, tastes, sights and smells of Long Island’s wine country.

Meet local and celebrity chefs. Enjoy local wines and fare. Experience the rural character of Long Island’s North Fork.

The three-day festival kicks off with an exclusive cocktail reception on June 25th. On Saturday, June 26th, be sure to keep your glass full while experiencing the wines, food, and activities that our 41 wineries will offer. The festival culminates Sunday, June 27th with a Grand Tasting in the historic village of Greenport, a working seaport since the 18th century.

It is sure to be a weekend to remember!

The New York Times had a great article here

See the full schedule here to find out whats going on at the wineries.

»